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Epilepsy Awareness

November is Epilepsy Awareness Month!


Wear purple this month to support people living with epilepsy.


Almost 50 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with epilepsy, and there are around 150,000 new cases each year in the U.S.


Epilepsy is a neurological disorder in which nerve cells in the brain produce abnormal activity that results in seizures.


Symptoms of Epilepsy

Symptoms of seizures can vary. Some of the common ones are:

  • Loss of consciousness

  • Muscle contractions and uncontrolled jerking movements

  • Staring blankly or blinking frequently

  • Smacking of lips, chewing motions, repeated swallowing

  • Fluttering of the eyes


Causes of Epilepsy

There are multiple reasons a person can develop epilepsy. Some, however, never get a definitive cause for their seizure activity. Some of the common causes include:

  • Genetics

  • Head injuries

  • Brain Tumors

  • Developmental disorders

  • Abnormalities of the brain

  • Infections in the brain

  • Drug/alcohol abuse or withdrawal


Treatments

There are several treatment options available to help prevent or minimize the amount of or severity of seizures:

  • Anticonvulsant/Antiepileptic Medications

  • Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS)

  • Surgical removal of the portion of the brain causing seizure activity

  • Ketogenic Diet

Epilepsy is a serious disorder that can lead to death if a seizure cannot be stopped. Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) occurs in almost 3,000 people in the U.S. each year. Seizures affect people of all ages, including infants.


For more information about epilepsy, visit https://www.epilepsy.com/



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